Director Zhu Wen has always been interested in the choices of life: When one choice of life is a fact, other choices become a dream. Thats a fact of life. I would like to tell a story about someones impossible life.
Xu Daqin is a middle-aged widower and feels, that he has never lived for himself. When he was young, he wanted to go to Yunnan, a province near Tibet. Finally he gets to go there on a holiday and starts dreaming of, how his life could have been, if he had lived his life there. Trying to help a prostitute he gets arrested by the police. Feeling he has done nothing wrong, he refuses to pay a fine, and is placed under house arrest, but that doesnt stop him from learning more about life in Yunnan.
Director Zhu Wen wanted to tell a story from his parents generation. How they lived through big changes with no complaints. He succeeds in telling a warm human story, where the kind and open protagonist makes you reflect on life and lifes real values. Not a big film, but a sweet little story, nicely told.
At this years (2004) film festival in Berlin it deservedly got the NETPAC Prize (Network for Promotion of Asian Films).